What is the reason that William Shakespeare wrote the play Romeo and Juliet?

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The story of Romeo and Juliet is an extremely old one that was originally written in an Italian novel by Bandello.

Shakespeare wrote the play based on Arthur Brookes’ epic poem "The Tragical Historye of Romeus and Julieta".

Shakespeare probably wrote his in 1594, the first published version appearing in 1597. Made the story more appealing to Londoners.

 

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